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How to Properly Store Your Clothing

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There is both an art and a science to properly storing your clothes. Making the right decision between hanging and folding each piece of your wardrobe has some significant benefits:

  • Reduces or eliminates fabric damage
  • Extends the life of the piece
  • Contributes to better organization of your closet
  • Maximizes closet space
  • Reduces ironing

By utilizing some of the same techniques as fine clothing retailers, you can create the same beauty and efficiency of a boutique storefront for your own closet storage.

Here are some easy tips from clothing pros:

Where to Start

The decision to fold versus hang is largely dependent upon the fabrics. Shirts and blouses made of linen, rayon, or 100 percent cotton should be hung and will remain almost wrinkle free. Silks and satin, as well as delicate fabrics that crush easily, such as velvet, raw silk, chiffon, and taffeta, generally should be hung upon padded hangers.

Knitwear, including sweaters, tops, pants, skirts, and dresses, should usually be folded. Garments made from stretchy materials like nylon or spandex should also be folded to help maintain their shape.

At a Glance:

What You Should Fold

  • Sweaters (especially heavy sweaters)
  • T-shirts
  • Sweats / Athletic wear
  • Undergarments
  • Knitwear

What You Should Hang

  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Suits
  • Skirts
  • Button-down shirts and blouses
  • Blazers
  • Formal wear
  • Overcoats / Outerwear

Either Way Works

Jeans / Casual pants

The jury is still out on the best way to store denim. Because of their weight, jeans are folded to put less of a strain on the fabric fibers. However, it’s difficult to avoid wrinkles and permanent creases with folding. We recommend doing a combination: Trouser cut and dark wash denim should be hung while more casual cuts and lighter washes/materials should be folded.

Shorts

When it comes to shorts, both hanging and folding works well. How you choose to store them should depend largely on what they’re made of and how wrinkle-resistant they are.

Fine lingerie/ Delicates

Delicate items can be stored on padded hangers, or in drawers. We recommend using Lucite dividers in drawers to keep smaller delicate items sorted and separated.

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What should I expect?

During the consultation, you and the designer will discuss your decorative style, wish list, and project budget, with the aim of designing a closet organization system that will:

  • Create your dream closet
  • Organize your wardrobe
  • Store all your shoes & boots
  • Coordinate hanging space
  • Get optimum visibility
  • Preserve your wardrobe
  • Organize accessories
  • Make space for jewelry